If you have not heard of Schoola, I would love to tell you about it! It is an online consignment site similar to ThredUp, except that they give 40%!!! to the school of your choice. You do not get the choice to get credit to spend back on their site or cash, but you pick which school gets your profit (and can change or switch back and forth between schools). The other thing that is a little different is that everything is considered final sale so be careful if you are ordering something that might not fit. There was a stain on one of the items that wasn’t stated, and their customer service was just awesome about it! Shipping is free with $25 or more and they often run free shipping specials. While I do wish there was a way to get credit other than referrals, the principal of our school was blown away (as was I) when she got a $60! dollar check from a bag of clothes I sent in. She was so impressed that she signed up to do a full clothing drive fundraiser with Schoola. Their inventory and brands have grown tremendously just in the little time I have known about them. They do have a quite generous referral option, though. If you sign up with this link (click here), you will get a $20 credit and another $20 for each friend you sign up. If you sign up, I’d love to hear your experience!
A few months back, I wrote about Kidecals. To recap, they are decal stickers that you can use to label everything from backpacks, clothes, thermos containers, mason jars, and even keyboards.
To begin with, the ordering process was an absolute breeze. Honestly, it took longer to pick out the design than to customize it…and when I say customize, you have the option to customize everything from the color to the placement of the text on most designs. You also see a live preview as you make changes. I chose a *simple* monogram but I had the option to change 4 different color areas as well as two text areas. It was seriously the most fun I have had ordering and customizing a product in a long time. Checkout was absolutely painless, and I still love that you get to see your real-time proof right in front of you. No getting stuck with a preselected color theme and no verifying your draft via email.
The labels I received were exactly how the proof looked. I ordered a monogram so that I could use it on things for the whole family. You have many, many options for decals for everything from phone numbers, addresses, blank labels, moving stickers, baking stickers, food allergies, gifts.
I tested them out three ways…one on a change of clothes (underwear specifically) that I knew would be washed, one on the inside of a backpack, and one as a gift tag. The one on the underwear has held up just fine. I have washed and dried a few times and there is no flaking, cracking, or peeling. It is holding nice and tight. I don’t wash this pair weekly but let’s just say that they have needed to go through some cycles. I love on the kidecals site where it explains why rubbing the labels actually helps:
The adhesive on the kids wall decals is state of the art. Tiny capsules containing adhesive line the back of the decal. By rubbing, or burnishing, the decals into place you are actually breaking the capsules and releasing the adhesive. So the more you burnish, the more adhesive you release and the more aggressive the adhesive becomes (while still being removable)!
The second label I placed on the backpack is also holding up nicely. I didn’t expect it to get as much wear as on clothing but there are folders and important momentos going in and out of the backpack daily so there is definitely a chance of being poked or rubbed often. This particular label still looks brand new and shiny (no scratches) just like I put it on there yesterday.
The last way I used my labels so far was on a couple gifts. They were for my in-laws and they LOVED the personalized gift tag. How cute is this!Photo by The Graceful Mom
Here are my favorite perks…there are several! Shipping is always free! Mine arrived so quick I had to think about what I had ordered! They were well packaged and professionally done. I also love how they are made:
Our wall decals are printed on a really cool new phthalate free (non PVC, BPA free), self-adhesive material (it’s actually a tightly woven fabric!) with ecosol inks. Our waterproof name labels are printed onto a really durable self-adhesive vinyl with eco sol inks. I am constantly researching to find the best and greenest materials and printing processes available while trying to keep my kids name labels and decals affordable and local.
You can still use AWESOMELABELS right now to get 15% off. Although these have tons of uses, I really think I will be ordering more for gift labels. What a fun way to add some personalization and creativity to presents.